The current Quarterly overviews each of the 12 chapters
in the book of Daniel. Here are several helpful points to consider:
1 - Page 49: The reader is told that Ellen White
said that, when the National Sunday Law is enacted, "Adventists should
hold additional worship services on Sunday, as well as on the true
Sabbath," because this is what is taught in 9 Testimonies, 232-233.
The Quarterly thus gives the impression that Sunday
morning worship services should be held at that time. This is not true!
Read 9T 232-233, CT 550-551, 5T 713-715, Ev 232, 9T 235-238.
(See quotations at the end of this article.)
When it is enacted, the National Sunday law will
require attendance at a worship service on Sunday. That is the heart of
the law. Our Quarterly should not instruct our people, worldwide,
to "hold additional worship services on Sunday" at that time! To do
this is to prepare them for disaster when the crisis arrives!
This is a very serious matter. If, when the National
Sunday Law is enacted, any of our local Adventist churches obey the law
by holding worship services on Sunday morning, they will not experience
—because they will be obeying the law. Because they know that
only the Bible Sabbath is the only true day of special worship but, in
obedience to the law are worshiping on Sunday, they will receive the mark
of the beast.
What does it mean to obey the National Sunday Law?
We know that it does not mean cessation from physical labor, because in
9T 232-233 and CT 550-551, we are told that, at that time, we
should not openly do physical work on Sunday; instead we should conduct
missionary activity in the community.
Obeying the National Sunday Law does not require going
to a Catholic Church. It does not require joining a regular Sundaykeeping
Protestant church. It does not mean having normal, everyday morning and
evening family worship at home. It means attending a church
—on Sunday morning, in obedience to the law, in order to worship
God. We must not do that! We must not tell our people, when
the crisis arrives, they should do that.
2 - Page 60: "Christians of the first four
centuries never confused Sabbath with Sunday but for a time celebrated
That is partly correct, but could lead to a historical
error. First, Christians in various localities kept both days for many,
many centuries, not just during the first four centuries. Second, it was
not until the 18th century that any Christians called Sunday the
"Sabbath." The Puritans initiated this practice, calling it the "Christian
Sabbath" while still acknowledging that the true Sabbath ("the Jewish
Sabbath") was on the seventh day of the week. It is a historical fact
that, throughout the Dark Ages, Christians knew that the Sabbath was not
Sunday. They were told that the Sabbath was the day the Jews kept in honor
of the Ten Commandments but Sunday, the Lords Day, was to be observed in
honor of Christ's resurrection.
3 - Page 72: "The historical context of the chapter
[Daniel 8] shows that its talking only about the sanctuary in heaven."
The authors objective may be very good; but, in
reality, the first part of the chapter (the first 9 of its 27 verses)
refers to events on earth, not to the Sanctuary in heaven.
4 - Page 58 (and 75): The assumption is made that
pagan Rome and papal Rome are identical. But this is not true.
"In the sixth century the papacy had become firmly
established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the
bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church.
Paganism had given place to the papacy. The dragon had given to the
beast his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation 13:2."Great
Although it is true that papal Rome arose within the
territory formerly held by pagan Rome, pagan and papal Rome constitute two
separate entities. Some of the previous empires (Babylon, Medo-Persia, and
Grecia) also had overlapping territories.
5 - Page 91: " To finish the transgression [Dan
9:24]. Transgression refers to the break in relationship between God and
humankind. Through His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus brought to an end the
broken relationship and restored us to God."
It should be clarified that, defining sin as a broken
relationship with God (as the above statement in the Quarterly says) is a
new theology concept, based on Isaiah 59:2: "But your iniquities have
separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from
you, that He will not hear."
In reality, Great Controversy, 493, explains
that "the only definition of sin" is given in 1 John 3:4: "Whosoever
committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of
the law." Sin is breaking Gods law; it results in separation from God.
Separation is not the cause of sin, but one of its terrible effects.
6 - Pages 10:2, 6; 12:5; 28:2 encourage skepticism
and disbelief about the Bible and moral principles. Those paragraphs
should not have been included.
WHAT TO DO
WHEN THE SUNDAY LAW
In obedience to the command, "Six days shalt thou
labour and do all thy work" (Ex 20:9), we are to worship God on the
holy Sabbath day and use Sunday for work, not ordinary labor, but
missionary work of all kinds, including evangelistic meetings and
small group Bible studies. It is urgent that we understand what to do
when the National Sunday Law is enacted. Here are several statements which
clarify this. (Some of the statements referred to a Sunday law in
"Seventh-day Adventists were to show their wisdom by
refraining from their ordinary work on that day, devoting it to missionary
effort . . Keep right on with your missionary work, with your Bibles
in your hands, and the enemy will see that he has worsted his own cause.
One does not receive the mark of the beast because he shows that he
realizes the wisdom of keeping the peace by refraining from work that
gives offense, doing at the same time a work of the highest importance.
When we devote Sunday to missionary work, the whip will be taken
out of the hands of the arbitrary zealots who would be well pleased to
humiliate Seventh-day Adventists . .
Sunday can be used for carrying forward various lines
of work that will accomplish much for the Lord. On this day open-air
meetings and cottage meetings can be held. House-to-house work can be
done. Those who write can devote this day to writing their articles.
Whenever it is possible, let religious services be held on Sunday. Make
these meetings intensely interesting. Sing genuine revival hymns, and
speak with power and assurance of the Saviour's love. Speak on temperance
and on true religious experience. You will thus learn much about how to
work, and will reach many souls." 9 Testimonies 232-233.
[The phrase, "religious meetings," in the above passage
obviously refers to evangelistic meetings and Bible studies, not to
regular church services of our own people. The parallel passage, below,
does not mention "holding religious meetings."]
"Let the teachers in our schools devote Sunday to
missionary effort. Let them take the students with them to hold
meetings for those who know not the truth. Sunday can be used for carrying
forward various lines of work that will accomplish much for the Lord.
On this day house-to-house work can be done. Open-air meetings and cottage
meetings can be held. Make these meetings intensely interesting. Sing
genuine revival hymns, and speak with power and assurance of the Saviour's
love. Speak on temperance and on true religious experience. You will thus
learn much about how to work, and will reach many hearts."
Parents and Teachers, 551.
"Employ Sunday in doing missionary work for God.
Teachers, go with your students. Take them into the bush [rural areas in
Australia], and visit the people in their homes. Let them know that you
are interested in their souls salvation."
9 Testimonies, 237.
"The very best course for you to pursue is to engage
in missionary work for the people of the neighborhood and in the nearby
settlements. Whenever you are listening to an interesting discourse,
take notes and mark down the passages that the minister uses, so that you
can review the subject carefully. Then after faithful study you will soon
be able to give a synopsis of the discourses, in the form of Bible
readings, to some who do not come to our meetings.
"The older students decided to follow this suggestion.
They had evening meetings for studying the Scriptures together. They
worked first of all for one another, and as a result of the Bible studies
among themselves, a number of the unconverted were won to the truth."
to Parents and Teachers, 549-550.
"At another time when our brethren were threatened with
persecution and were questioning in regard to what they should do, I gave
the same advice that I had given in answer to the question concerning the
use of Sunday for games. I said, Employ Sunday in doing missionary
work for God. Teachers, go with your students. Take them to the homes
of the people, near and far, and teach them how to talk in a way to do
good. Let the people know that you are interested in their souls
salvation. "Counsels to Parents and Teachers, 551.
"Those who seek to compel men to observe an institution
of the papacy, and trample upon Gods authority, are doing a work similar
to that of the Jewish leaders in the days of the apostles. When the
laws of earthly rulers are brought into opposition to the laws of the
Supreme Ruler of the universe, then those who are Gods loyal subjects
will be true to Him.
"We as a people have not accomplished the work which
God has committed to us. We are not ready for the issue to which the
enforcement of the Sunday law will bring us. It is our duty, as we see
the signs of approaching peril, to arouse to action. Let none sit in
calm expectation of the evil . . . The people need to be aroused in
regard to the dangers of the present time . . The time is fast
approaching when those who choose to obey God rather than man will be made
to feel the hand of oppression. Shall we then dishonor God by keeping
silent while His holy commandments are trodden underfoot?
"While the Protestant world is by her attitude making
concessions to Rome, let us arouse to comprehend the situation and view
the contest before us in its true bearings. Let the watchmen now lift
up their voice and give the message which is present truth for this time.
Let us show the people where we are in prophetic history and seek
to arouse the spirit of true Protestantism, awaking the world to a sense
of the value of the privileges of religious liberty so long enjoyed.
"God calls upon us to awake, for the end is near.
Every passing hour is one of activity in the heavenly courts to make ready
a people upon the earth to act a part in the great scenes that are soon to
open upon us. These passing moments, that seem of so little value to us,
are weighty with eternal interests . . .
"The law of God should be loved and honored by His
true people now more than ever before."
5 Testimonies, 713,